16, Apr 2023
Former Patriots star accused of stiffing jeweler $1M for ‘diamond fingers’ (report)

Antonio Brown has reportedly been accused of failing to pay up — again.

According to TMZ, the former star NFL receiver is the target of a lawsuit from Shuki International, a celebrity jeweler who is known to provide accessories to star athletes. Shuki is reportedly accusing Brown of failing to pay nearly $1.1 million for a pair of his signature “diamond fingers,” which cost $500,000 a piece, and are a sort of bejeweled finger sleeve. Shuki International also says Brown failed to pay for a white gold chain, a ring and a rose gold version of the “finger piece,” according to TMZ.

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Brown, who had a short-lived stint with the New England Patriots in 2019, has a long history of high-profile off-the-field incidents, including the sexual misconduct accusations that would end his time in Foxborough. Brown last appeared on an NFL field in 2021 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when he had a now-famous outburst where he walked off the field in the middle of the game while taking off his gear and throwing it into the stands.

Since leaving the NFL, Brown has taken to music, releasing a number of hip-hop tracks. One such track is “Shuki Diamonds,” which celebrates the jewelry made by Shuki International.

The lawsuit is the latest in a long line of accusations against Brown that he failed to pay for services. In 2021, Brown’s live-in chef accused him of failing to pay him $10,000 for his services. He was also sued by KCB Marketing, which claimed he owed commissions for $2.4 million he’d received in endorsement deals.

In 2022, Brown was scheduled to perform as a rapper at the Worcester venue Whiskey on Water, only to no-show for the event. The sponsor for the show, Vodkyte, said that Brown’s flight to Massachusetts had been cancelled. Vodkyte CEO Evan Ebbot said that he reached out to Brown about getting back the deposit the company had paid for the show and was told “Hit my lawyer, fam.”

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